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30 / Convenience Store News for the Single Store Owner / AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2016 CATEGORY SNAPSHOTS MOTOR FUELS A New Kind of Competitor at the Pump First tobacco, now motor fuel. Dollar store chain Dollar General Corp. is entering the fuel business following its purchase of 41 Walmart Express sites throughout 11 states. Thirty-seven of the locations have fueling stations, which Dollar General will continue to operate. The 41 former Walmart Express stores are broken down in the following way: three in Alabama, two in Arkansas, one in Florida, six in Georgia, three in Kansas, three in Louisiana, five in Mississippi, 12 in North Carolina, four in Oklahoma, and one each in South Carolina and Tennessee. As part of the transaction, Goodlettsville, Tenn.-based Dollar General anticipates relocating 40 of its existing stores into the purchased sites by October, and entering one new market. "Dollar General is excited to add these locations to our existing store base. We look forward to the opportunity to better serve our cus- tomers in these communities by continuing to provide the convenience and value they expect from Dollar General," said CEO Todd Vasos. Dollar General operated 12,719 stores in 43 states as of April 29. The company has announced plans to add approximately 2,000 stores over the next two years for a total of more than 14,000 locations. This includes 900 new stores and 875 relocated or remodeled SNACKS How Do You Define a "Healthy" Snack? Move aside three meals a day. Snacking is taking over. And when it comes to snack choices, the fastest-growing segments are those considered healthy and convenient. "Consumers are much more educated and interested in ingredients, and they are the ones driving the better-for-you options," said Audrey Hasse, a registered dietician and certified per- sonal trainer who works with Swiss Farms, a Delaware-based drive-thru convenience chain with 13 locations that recently set new criteria for what is sold in its stores. Swiss Farms came up with requirements such as clean labels, no artificial colors and flavors, and no preservatives, GMOs, trans fat or high-fructose corn syrup. New products being carried include Krave jerky, Creative Snacks Co. trail mixes, Deep River Snacks chips, Annie's Homegrown bunny snacks, Pirate Brands' Pirate's Booty, and Envi- rokids cereal bars. The word "healthy" is subjective. So, what do consumers actually consider healthy at this moment in time? The definition varies, but according to a recent national consumer study by Packaged Facts, 35 stores during the current fiscal year. In 2017, the company expects to open 1,000 new stores and plans to relocate or remodel 900 stores. Existing Dollar General stores typically occupy approxi- mately 7,000 square feet. percent percent to 40 percent of consum- to 40 percent of consum- ers ers are most interested in reduced are most interested in reduced sugar, sugar, followed by lower or reduced followed by lower or reduced salt, and then minimized fat, said alt, salt, and then minimized fat, said and then minimized fat, said Norman Norman Deschamps, a market Deschamps, a market analyst working with Packaged Facts. nalyst analyst working with Packaged Facts. working with Packaged Facts. After that, consumers are looking for fter After that, consumers are looking for that, consumers are looking for GMO free, gluten free, soy free and MO GMO free, gluten free, soy free and free, gluten free, soy free and allergen free, he noted. lergen allergen free, he noted. free, he noted. "Everybody has a different idea of what is healthier and that is the big- hat what is healthier and that is the big- is healthier and that is the big- gest trick," he said. "But even a little bit t gest trick," he said. "But even a little bit trick," he said. "But even a little bit healthier healthier is good enough most of the is good enough most of the time because people are still looking to indulge." Within the salty snacks category, popcorn, veggie chips and even beet and sweet potato chips are be- ing marketed as healthier alternatives to traditional potato chips. Meat snacks and nuts also fall into the healthier category for many consumers, according to Deschamps, as do different types of bars, including protein, energy and those with limited ingredients.

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